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Posted 3/1/2016 4:32pm by Kim Fitzgerald.

So, you worked diligently to make and freeze your pumpkin puree in the fall, and now with the weather warming up, you may have a little Spring fever.  We have added a new pumpkin ice cream recipe, so pull out a container of that frozen puree and give it a try.  Let's celebrate March, sunshine, 70 degrees, and pumpkins!  (Of course in Virginia, we may get snow again within a week in March, but we can celebrate the sunshine today!) 

Posted 4/3/2014 3:02pm by KFitzgerald.

Now that the calendar says that Spring has arrived and we have had more than two days with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, the farm work will transition from upkeep, maintenance, repair, and cost estimating (not to mention taxes) to scouting the land, planning crops, fertilizing, and planting.

Posted 2/22/2013 5:40pm by KFitzgerald.

I've noticed something this winter that I've never noticed before.  I love cardinals.  No, that's not new news.  I noticed about a half dozen cardinals swarming in and out of our red maple tree eating from the bird feeder just as it started to snow a few weekends ago.  I grabbed my camera and began snapping pictures.  They were beautiful.  Stark red creatures against the brown tree, beige grass, gray sky, and white snow flakes. 

The next Saturday, at home in the kitchen, as the snow started to fall, here come the cardinals again.  Out comes the camera, and the beauty of the red birds in nature was only slightly captured with my camera.

I think I see a pattern here.  When these beautiful birds start gathering, the ground will be covered with snow.  I never heard that from my mom, aunt or grandma growing up.  But, guess what?  This past Saturday, I saw a big, brown chested Robin in the tree.  I know what that means.  The snow will stop soon here in Virginia, because Spring is on the way.  Fertilizing, planting, and longer, warmer days are on the way.  I have noticed that before.

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